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Historical Chinatown Tours

160 Pender St E, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1R3, Canada
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Judy knows Vancouver's Chinatown inside-out -- literally. She has access to the backrooms and... read more

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Alexandra G
If you only go one Chinatown tour in your life, make it Judy Lam Maxwell's Historical Chinatown Tour in Vancouver

Judy has put together a fascinating tour inside buildings and strolling the streets in Chinatown in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Here's how my tours work ... I customize them to what people want. I'm the only guide who can take people into the heritage buildings, the only one that has a Master's degree in Chinese Canadian History, and I donate 30% of what I make to the Chinese associations for upkeep and renovations. I take people into numerous clan and county Association buildings, to a herbal store, to Sai Woo ... the only place in Chinatown where there's been a restaurant for over 100 years, etc. Tell me what you want the focus of the tour to be and I will arrange it accordingly.
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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160 Pender St E, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1R3, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

Judy knows Vancouver's Chinatown inside-out -- literally. She has access to the backrooms and courtyards of historical building that aren't normally open to the public. She has a wealth of knowledge that will deepen your understanding of the neighbourhood, and she is an absolutely lovely...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Judy has put together a fascinating tour inside buildings and strolling the streets in Chinatown in Vancouver. She is so knowledgeable and opens doors you wouldn't otherwise have access to. This tour will also enhance your understanding of Chinatown in other cities. Easily done in...More

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Reviewed May 8, 2018

I recently had the pleasure of touring Vancouver's Chinatown with Judy Lam Maxwell. The tour was quite amazing. Judy has great knowledge of the history of Chinatown. She also has access to buildings that few do. I enjoyed watching many of the elders play mahjong....More

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Reviewed May 7, 2018

You not only get a history and tour of Vancouver's Chinatown, you also get a comparative and in-depth analysis of various other Chinatown's around the world. Judy is passionate about what she does and you get to see behind the scene, going behind the walls...More

1  Thank TrueAndy
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Reviewed March 23, 2018

Our group really enjoyed the tour which included the history of Chinatown, discussion of Chinese customs, and historical sites many of us hadn't had a chance to visit before. Our Tour Guide, Steven, was gracious and knowledgeable!

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Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

It’s great to walk around china town in a sunny day with my co-workers and especially to know more about this historical area. Judy guided us around and told us interesting stories about this town. She is very passionate and enthusiastic. I had a very...More

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Reviewed March 17, 2018

Amazing guided tour , everything was pretty interesting and explained with quite detail ... Judy is the sweetest , highly recommended.

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Reviewed March 14, 2018 via mobile

I brought 29 of my Grade 5/6 students to Chinatown on a tour with Judy Lam Maxwell. It was an excellent cultural experience. Judy was very knowledgeable and my students were extremely interested and engaged. The students enjoyed getting into a number of historical buildings...More

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Reviewed March 14, 2018 via mobile

I went on a tour with my coworkers and having Judy guide us was wonderful. Judy was very knowledgeable and she knew the ins and outs of Chinatown. I usually do not go on tours, but I am glad I went to this one. I...More

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Reviewed March 14, 2018

This was a very engaging tour for our school group. It was interesting to be able to go into some of the historical buildings, and to hear about how Chinatown has changed over the years, including hearing from the personal experiences of the tour guides.

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has always been one of the city's most vibrant areas;
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cuisine, from fusion food to traditional home-cooking,
Chinatown has remained faithful to its roots as a
space which clambers with shop signs and welcomes
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